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    Hey guys, I hope this is an ok forum for this, but can anyone tell me about taking cameras, lenses, metal handles etc through airport security? Is it all ok for normal on flight baggage? Do you have to check it? Thanks
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    Carry on any expensive fragile gear. No need to check in anything unless it's too big. Most airlines will not weigh carry on. I keep my Dragon in a purse looking shoulder bag that weighs about 20kg.. Never been weighed

    One thing to remember is if flying international some countries will think your working and ask for film permits/ work visas.. So pack inconspicuous (I never travel with pelican cases, they look too professional)
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    Always carry on your batteries. Remember you get on standard size bag along with a personal item (which can be a small backpack). Like Owen said, never check in your camera...always carry it on.
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    There are 3 different things :

    security
    immigration
    aircraft company

    All 3 can impose their limitations for your equipment to travel.

    For security they don't care if you have a Pelicase. Don't brig with you any liquid over 100ml (lens cleaner). Compressed air (dust off). Nor sharp edges. Big screw drivers. I never had problems with handles. No checked in batteries. No LIPo. In carry on : only 2 Lithium up to 160wh (per travelling person) and as many you want up to 100wh, none over 160wh.

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    seems like they are used to seeing professional cameras at security. Just be cool with them and keep everything in a place they can check it out. you should always bring your camera and lenses with us onto the plane when ever possible
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    cool, thanks guys that's helpful, I just wanted to make sure my handle mount wouldn't get taken as a weapon or something
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Tresch View Post
    There are 3 different things :

    security
    immigration
    aircraft company

    All 3 can impose their limitations for your equipment to travel.

    For security they don't care if you have a Pelicase. Don't brig with you any liquid over 100ml (lens cleaner). Compressed air (dust off). Nor sharp edges. Big screw drivers. I never had problems with handles. No checked in batteries. No LIPo. In carry on : only 2 Lithium up to 160wh (per travelling person) and as many you want up to 100wh, none over 160wh.

    Pat
    This sums it up pretty much. But always check with the specific airline you are flying with. You get the quickest answers via phone but I always try to get it in written form (mostly mail) so I can print it and have it with me. That way I can refer to it if there are any issues. Also check your destinations restrictions. This is also important if you switch flights in some countries. A friend of mine had to leave a bunch of batteries behind in China when changing flights!

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    seems like they are used to seeing professional cameras at security. Just be cool with them and keep everything in a place they can check it out. you should always bring your camera and lenses with us onto the plane when ever possible
    Be cool with the staff they're just doing their job. But also know the rules, which sometimes can be confusing. When traveling in a group split up the gear, they don't like you trying to split up batteries once they decided you have to leave them behind. Also it helped me a few times to let them know what you have packed (batteries, camera, lenses) before they even scanned it. They mostly appreciate you giving them a heads up. Make it less suspicious runnign around with 6 v-lock batteries :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris McKechnie View Post
    Always carry on your batteries. Remember you get on standard size bag along with a personal item (which can be a small backpack). Like Owen said, never check in your camera...always carry it on.
    Why always carry on your batteries?
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    Ok that's not very descriptive. They will take them from you if they are checked in? The law?
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